Burn after reading
From time to time, I participate in some harmless joking around on Twitter.
Playing Twitter hashtag games probably marks me as a big nerd, but it’s a nice break from gazing at my Star Trek: Deep Space Nine memorabilia. (Just kidding; I’d never be so careless as to expo my collectables to direct light.)
One hashtag I use in some tweets is
The idea is to take the well-known title of a beloved book and make it “less interesting.” A few of my gems:
· The Chronicles of Narnia = The Chronicles of Norman
· Lord of the Flies = Lord of the Fries
I’m not particularly great at it, largely because my mind usually strays to the double entendre. Those are hardly less interesting. For example, I became stuck on this, which isn’t dull:
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe = The Lampost, The Whip, and The Bathrobe
Of course, a book’s title is serious business. It must be so many things—intriguing, meaningful, interesting, memorable and more.
Tongue-in-cheek titles certainly do that. Several grace the Traders Press® catalog. My quick list:
· Safe Sex on Wall Street
· Jackass Investing
· Option Profits: The Naked Truth
· We’re ALL Screwed!
Then there are those that require a ton of explanation, which really flies in the face of Book-Naming 101. As far as I’m concerned, Where are the Customers’ Yachts? tops this list.
If you’re disappointed to learn I waste brain cells conjuring silly book titles, consider there are others far worse than I. When I polled staffers on the topic, I discovered a few people who can make anything sound “questionable” just by stressing the right words.
What titles have I overlooked? Which are your favorites? Send me yours at email@example.com.
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